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We hope you enjoy this slidedeck supporting a great session at the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (March 7–9th). Full recordings are available for purchase here.
1–2.30pm. How to address privacy, ethical and regulatory issues: Examples in cognitive enhancement, depression and ADHD
- Dr. Karen Rommelfanger, Director of the Neuroethics Program at Emory University
- Dr. Anna Wexler, Assistant Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at UPenn
- Jacqueline Studer, Senior VP and General Counsel of Akili Interactive Labs
- Chaired by: Keith Epstein, Healthcare Practice Leader at Blue Heron
Time for SharpBrains monthly e‑newsletter, discussing latest thinking, research and tools for lifelong brain health and mental health.
- Study finds clear–yet surprisingly different–benefits in 3 types of meditation-based mental training
- Technology and the Cognition Crisis
- Think twice before taking Aderall for cognitive enhancement: It may actually impair working memory and other cognitive abilities
- Practice effect due to repeated testing can delay detection of cognitive impairment and dementia
- Meta-analysis finds sustained benefits of neurofeedback for kids with ADHD
- One in eight children in India aged 2–9 may have neurodevelopmental disorders
- Perspective: How brain training games could help patients with Huntington’s disease
- Sanofi Ventures leads $17M investment in Click Therapeutics, finalist @ 2017 Brainnovations Pitch Contest
- Save the Date for 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Investing in Brain Health for All (December 4–6th)
Last but not least, we invite you try these 25 brain teasers and games when you have some downtime during the summer — fascinating, aren’t they?
Have a great month of August,
The SharpBrains Team
Last December 7th selected Summit Sponsors and Partners showcased their most promising brain health & enhancement initiatives and solutions.
From tomorrow’s neuroengineering to today’s brain health (view slidedeck for all pm sessions Here)
- Dr. Randal Koene, Lead Scientist at Kernel, discusses future directions of neuroenginnering and human computer interfaces.
- Dr. Leanne Young, Executive Director of the Brain Performance Institute at UT-Dallas Center for BrainHealth presents the new 62,000-square-foot Brain Performance Institute.
Debbie Gilmore, Executive Director of The Arrowsmith Program, will present plans to better equip 100+ schools helping students with special needs.
Dr. Chris Walling, Chairman of the Educational Advisory Committee at The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF), will present the new Brain Longevity Therapy Training.
Slidedeck supporting session held during the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5–7th). All session recordings available for purchase (50+ Speakers, 15+ Hours, $150).
What a rich and diverse 3‑day conversation on the future of brain health and brain enhancement among 50+ Speakers and 200+ participants in 24 countries.
From the dozens of fascinating insights and moments, here are some our favorites:
(Note: slidedecks are now freely available; session recordings require registration and login credentials)
2. Discussing with Akili’s Eddie Martucci the FDA implications from the significant research findings released just the day before (view slidedeck Here)
4. Discovering the latest in EEG, virtual reality/ augmented reality, and photobiomodulation with experts at UCSF, Emotiv, Stanford, AUGMENTx ad VieLight ((view main slidedeck Here)
6. Considering the ethics of different methods of cognitive enhancement, including the growing use of consumer-driven brain stimulation (view slidedeck Here)
7. Learning about the largest new Randomized Controlled Trial on the impact of lifestyle factors such as exercise and nutrition on healthy brain aging (view slidedeck Here)
8. Discussing the upbeat findings about education and cognitive training from a just-published study involving 200,000+ people! (view slidedeck Here)
9. Exploring the next 80 years of brain enhancement and Human Computer Interfaces with neuroengineer Randal Koene (view slidedeck for all pm sessions Here)
10. Hearing the great questions and feedback by Judges during the Brainnovations pitch contests to measure brain health and to improve it, to harness Big Data, to boost workplace productivity and resilience (view slidedecks Here, Here, Here and Here)
In summary, Brain Health and Mental Health will look very different in 2020 than they do today. And not a minute too soon, since the needs and the gaps are so large.
Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy and Prosperous 2018 to you and to your family at home and at work,
Alvaro Fernandez on behalf of the SharpBrains Team
PS1: Summit Participants already have full access to all recordings clicking above or HERE (one-year access to 50+ Speakers, 15+ Hours), using same log-in credentials provided during the Summit.
PS2: If you didn’t participate in the Summit but want access all recordings, they are available for purchase HERE ($150; 10%-off discount-code: sharp2018)